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Smoked Italian Hamburgers

Smoked Italian Hamburgers

smoked italian hamburgers

Italian Hamburgers have been a staple at get-togethers and Holidays for generations in Damon’s Italian family.  Although known in some parts as a “Hot Dago”, his ancestors would spin in their graves if we referred to this tasty sandwich by that name. 

Anyone who knows Damon knows that he rarely makes the same burger style twice in a row. There are too many flavor profiles to experiment with, and a regular old burger becomes boring quickly. Be sure to check out the links at the bottom of the page for even more incredible burger recipes. 

Our Italian Hamburgers utilize the flavors of the smoker to enhance this recipe passed down by generations of amazing Italian cooks from the Old Country.  Fire up the smoker and slow-stew the Marinara….Buon Appetito!

smoked italian hamburgers


Smoked Italian Hamburgers


  • 1 ½ pounds of ground beef
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 cup Italian-style bread crumbs
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. Italian BBQ Booster
  • 1 Tbsp. fennel seed
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • 6 slices Provolone Cheese


  • 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
  • 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 large Tomato, crushed
  • 2 cups grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp Italian BBQ Booster
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh chopped Basil
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh chopped Oregano
  • Salt & Pepper to taste.


  1. Combine ground beef, Italian sausage, bread crumbs, 1 cup parmesan cheese, 2 Tbsp. Italian BBQ Booster, fennel seed, and onion. Form into six uniform patties. 
  2. Place patties in 275⁰ smoker until fully cooked (approximately 40 minutes). USDA standards here.
  3. Combine the remaining ingredients in a stock pot and heat fully. Simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Place patties on buns and top with sauce and Provolone.

Yield: 6 Italian Hamburgers

Serves: 6

Feeling adventurous? Looking to up your burger game? We can't recommend these tasty options highly enough!

Mountain Man Burger
Wisconsin Steakhouse Burger
Garlic Buffalo Pork Burger


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